Monday, June 18, 2012

NSN Sees Upstream Gain with HSPA+ Continuous Packet Connectivity

Nokia Siemens Networks has tested Continuous Packet Connectivity (CPC) features that reduce interference on HSPA+ networks thereby providing five times more uplink capacity. This allows operators to support more smartphone users on HSPA+ networks. In addition, smart device batteries last 15% longer while people benefit from a 60% increase in data rates.



The tests included field testing using Nokia Siemens Networks’ Flexi Multiradio Base Station with commercial HSPA+ software and the company’s multicontroller as well as Nokia smartphones. These tests were conducted at a Nokia Siemens Networks Smart Lab in collaboration with experts from a tier-1 operator.



Continuous Packet Connectivity (CPC) is being standardized by 3GPP.



"High network interference levels pose a serious challenge to network capacity, considerably limiting the number of smartphone users that operators can add to their HSPA+ networks. These challenges are magnified with the ongoing rise in smartphone penetration,�? said Keith Sutton, head of the WCDMA business line for Nokia Siemens Networks. “Via extensive testing, we’ve established that Continuous Packet Connectivity serves as a powerful tool by countering these challenges and optimizing HSPA+ performance."http://www.nsn.com

ShoreTel’s Newly Acquired Cloud Division Announces Mobile UC

ShoreTel's recently acquired M5 cloud division is now supporting smartphone access to enterprise voice and unified communications (UC) applications. The initial launch will support iPhones and subsequent releases over the summer will add support for other smartphone and tablet devices including Android and Blackberry. Users are able to leverage a single converged device for both business and personal communications, and access deskphone and UC capabilities on their iPhone without having to learn a new interface. The solution is available to ShoreTel’s Cloud Division clients for a monthly fee per user.




http://www.shortel.com http://www.m5.net

Sonus to Acquire N.E.T. for $42 Million

Sonus Networks agreed to acquire Network Equipment Technologies for $42 million in cash ($1.35 per share).



NET is a supplier of enterprise-class networking solutions optimized for secure real-time communications in Unified Communications (UC), SIP trunking and Cloud-based deployments. The portfolio includes its flagship Unified Exchange (UX) product line, which enables public and private network operators to simplify their network by converging legacy PBX voice traffic onto a single converged data network. NET's Unified Exchange Series qualifies as a Survivable Branch Appliance (SBA) and Enterprise Session Border Controller (E-SBC) for Microsoft Lync.



As a result of the acquisition, Sonus expects incremental revenue of approximately $15 million to $20 million in the second half of fiscal 2012, with the amount recognized dependent upon the timing of the completion of the acquisition.



Sonus said the acquisition is consistent with its strategy to extend its capabilities into the enterprise market. The combination of Sonus’ SBC portfolio and NET’s network appliance portfolio is anticipated to provide enterprises with a seamless mediation platform that extends from the core to the edge of their network. In particular, the companies together address the growing demand for SBCs that enable SIP trunking and SIP-based UC applications. http://www.sonusnet.com http://www.net.comNetwork Equipment Technologies (N.E.T)

Sand9 Raises for $23 Million for MEMS Resonators

Sand 9, a start-up based in Cambridge, Mass., raised a total of $23 million in its Series C financing for its MEMS precision timing products for wireless and wired applications.



Sand 9's MEMS timing-device platform achieves stringent phase noise and short-term stability requirements for wireless and wired applications.



The new funding round was led by Intel Capital with significant participation from Vulcan Capital. Intel Capital and Vulcan Capital join existing investors Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, General Catalyst Partners, Khosla Ventures and CSR. Sand 9 will use funds to ramp volume production as they go to market and to rapidly expand their product portfolio.


http://www.sand9.com

Juniper Launches New Jersey OpenLab for SDN

Juniper Networks announced "OpenLab, The Junos Center for Innovation" -- a new facility whose mission is to drive and facilitate network-integrated applications centered around software-defined networking (SDN). The lab is located in Bridgewater, New Jersey, which puts it in proximity to service providers such as AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and several global enterprises like NYSE Euronext, Bloomberg, and others. The OpenLab offers nearly 7,000 square feet of collaboration, lab, rack and conference space, as well as access to application development tools, networking and product expertise. http://www.juniper.net

Freescale Outlines Layerscape Architecture for SDN

Freescale Semiconductor outlined a new software-aware Layerscape system architecture for its third-generation QorIQ portfolio of processors. The new Layerscape architecture aims for greater software programmability and scalability required by network infrastructure to handle the profusion of connected devices, massive datasets, more stringent security needs, real-time service provisioning and increasingly unpredictable network traffic patterns. The goal is to enable real-time, "soft" control over the network. The company plans support for open-standard software programming models and key industry initiatives including software-defined networks (SDNs).



Freescale plans to make the Layerscape architecture the foundation of a broad array of forthcoming QorIQ multicore processors, from many-core data path devices delivering up to 100 Gbps of performance to highly integrated, cost- and energy-efficient products operating at less than 3W, leveraging Power Architecture and ARM technologies as appropriate.



Freescale's Layerscape architecture modularizes packet acceleration and forwarding operations from high-level routing decisions; streamlines interaction between the layers; leverages a synchronous run-to-completion model; and supports a consistent programming framework across the architecture using standard C/C++ languages.



The modular Layerscape architecture consists of three independent, scalable layers:



General-Purpose Processing Layer (GPPL) – Delivers general-purpose compute performance. This layer is optimized for virtualized cloud services and control plane applications.



Accelerated Packet Processing Layer (APPL) – Performs autonomous packet processing and enables customers to program value-added capabilities in a sequential, synchronous, run-to-completion model that abstracts the hardware microarchitecture and gives customers an embedded, C-based programming model.



Express Packet I/O Layer (EPIL) – Facilitates true, deterministic wire-rate performance between network interfaces (up to 100G), supporting switching capabilities for L2 and above.



The first two QorIQ product families based on the Layerscape architecture are the LS-1 and LS-2, which will leverage dual ARM Cortex processor cores, virtualization support, advanced security, an array of advanced interconnects, a common ISA and software- and pin-compatibility for simple and smooth application migration between the two families. The LS-1 family features two ARM Cortex-A7 cores running at up to 1.2 GHz. The LS-2 family features two ARM Cortex-A15 cores running at up to 1.5 GHz and under 5W total power. Targeted applications for the LS-1 and LS-2 families include residential gateways, enterprise access points, smart energy systems, industrial communications, line cards and robotics.



Initial samples of the first products based on the Layerscape architecture are expected in mid-2013.



“To address the need for more intelligent, dynamic networks, Freescale has taken our QorIQ platform a significant step further with the new software-aware Layerscape architecture,�? said Tom Deitrich, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Networking & Multimedia Solutions Group. “Unlike our competitors, we’ve made software awareness an integral part of our new architecture instead of an afterthought. With innovations including core-agnostic compatibility, independent, highly efficient packet processing and real-time visualization capability, we’re accelerating the network’s IQ.�?



http://www.freescale.com

Procera Adds V.P. of Asia Pacific Sales and Services

Procera Networks announced that Patrick Duncan has joined the company as Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales and Services. Duncan previously served at CloudShield Technologies as General Manager of APAC Sales, where he built a regional business from zero presence to establishing customers, partners and revenue in Australia, Korea, Japan, India and Singapore. http://www.proceranetworks.com

Infinera Ships DTN-X with 500 Gbps Super-Channels

Infinera announced first shipments of its DTN-X platform to customers for deployment. The company confirmed multiple trials and purchase orders from new and existing customers for the DTN-X platform, which features 500 Gbps long-haul FlexCoherent super-channels.



To date, Infinera has announced plans to deploy the DTN-X platform with two new customers, Cable&Wireless Worldwide for its Europe Persia Express Gateway (EPEG) and DANTE for its G√ČANT European Research and Education Network.



The DTN-X platform features 5 Tbps of optical transport network (OTN) switching capacity. Integrated switching enables service providers to build highly efficient networks with switching activated wherever it is needed to improve wavelength fill and decrease the number of wavelengths that must be deployed. Infinera said this innovation results in networks with a high network Efficiency Quotient and potentially lowers the total cost of ownership (TCO). The DTN-X also features a GMPLS control plane.



"While our competitors talk about their roadmaps for metro 400 Gb/s super-channels, Infinera is delivering the industry’s first 500 Gb/s long haul FlexCoherent super-channels,�? said Dave Welch, co-founder, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer at Infinera. “With DTN-X, we are also bringing the largest capacity OTN switch to market and delivering the industry’s first deployable FlexCoherent capability. Infinera delivers on the capabilities that help service providers scale, simplify and make their networks more efficient to lower overall lifecycle TCO."
http://www.infinera.com
  • Infinera first began shipping its DTN platform in 2004 based on 100 Gbps photonic integrated circuits (PICs).

ZTE Tallies $13.7 billion in U.S. Purchases So Far

Since entering the U.S. market in 2007, ZTE's supply chain purchases in the U.S. have totaled more than $13.7 billion, according to Lixin Cheng, President of North America Region of ZTE Corporation. The company expects it purchases to grow at a 10% rate. ZTE currently operates 10 offices around the country, including five R&D locations and a logistics center. It also has more than 400 employees across North America.



Earlier this year, ZTE announced its intention to source application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) from Qualcomm and Broadcom, two long-time U.S. suppliers, with the total amount reaching $5 billion.



“From opening research and development centers to working with a wide range of wireless companies to develop new products, ZTE is committed to expanding the U.S. market through continuous investments. Put simply, we believe Chinese investment in the U.S. is beneficial for businesses in both countries,�? said Lixin Cheng, President of North America Region of ZTE Corporation and CEO of ZTE. “At ZTE, our mission is to help people around the world connect with one another in meaningful and affordable ways. We are proud to provide high-quality, high-performance and reasonably priced mobile products to help bring people closer together.�?http://www.zte.com.cn

ZTE Shows Single-Chip LTE Smartphone

ZTE Corporation unveiled its first single-chip LTE smartphone, the Grand X LTE (T82), at this week's CommunicAsia2012 in Singapore.



The Grand X LTE (T82) will be available in Asia Pacific and Europe in third quarter 2012.



The smartphone phone uses the latest MSM8960 chip from Qualcomm, which is based on advanced 0.28nm technology. It is Wi-Fi capable, uses Android 4.0, and features a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and an 8 mega-pixel main camera that supports 1080p HD video shooting and playback. The front camera supports 720p HD video calls. The phone has a maximum download rate of 100 Mbps, and a 1900mAh large-capacity battery.



“We are the first company to use the single-chip solution in a handset,�? said Mr. He Shiyou, Executive Vice President, and Head of the Terminal Handset Division, ZTE. “The Grand series products are our high-end flagship offerings this year. ZTE aims to enhance its profile in the high-end market with the Grand series of smart terminals.�?http://www.zte.com.cn

Boingo Adds 75,000 Hotspots in Korea with SK Tel

Boingo Wireless signed a network access agreement with SK Telecom giving its customers access to more than 75,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in airports, hotels, convention centers, restaurants and office locations across Korea. Boingo's roaming partners, including Wi2, BT Openzone and Orange France, can also extend network access to their customers, providing seamless roaming options for international travelers.



Boingo's aggregated network now extends to over 500,000 hotspots worldwide.
http://www.boingo.com

NSN Sees Upstream Gain with HSPA+ Continuous Packet Connectivity

Nokia Siemens Networks has tested Continuous Packet Connectivity (CPC) features that reduce interference on HSPA+ networks thereby providing five times more uplink capacity. This allows operators to support more smartphone users on HSPA+ networks. In addition, smart device batteries last 15% longer while people benefit from a 60% increase in data rates.



The tests included field testing using Nokia Siemens Networks’ Flexi Multiradio Base Station with commercial HSPA+ software and the company’s multicontroller as well as Nokia smartphones. These tests were conducted at a Nokia Siemens Networks Smart Lab in collaboration with experts from a tier-1 operator.



Continuous Packet Connectivity (CPC) is being standardized by 3GPP.



"High network interference levels pose a serious challenge to network capacity, considerably limiting the number of smartphone users that operators can add to their HSPA+ networks. These challenges are magnified with the ongoing rise in smartphone penetration,�? said Keith Sutton, head of the WCDMA business line for Nokia Siemens Networks. “Via extensive testing, we’ve established that Continuous Packet Connectivity serves as a powerful tool by countering these challenges and optimizing HSPA+ performance."http://www.nsn.com

ShoreTel’s Newly Acquired Cloud Division Announces Mobile UC

ShoreTel's recently acquired M5 cloud division is now supporting smartphone access to enterprise voice and unified communications (UC) applications. The initial launch will support iPhones and subsequent releases over the summer will add support for other smartphone and tablet devices including Android and Blackberry. Users are able to leverage a single converged device for both business and personal communications, and access deskphone and UC capabilities on their iPhone without having to learn a new interface. The solution is available to ShoreTel’s Cloud Division clients for a monthly fee per user.




http://www.shortel.com http://www.m5.net

Sonus to Acquire N.E.T. for $42 Million

Sonus Networks agreed to acquire Network Equipment Technologies for $42 million in cash ($1.35 per share).



NET is a supplier of enterprise-class networking solutions optimized for secure real-time communications in Unified Communications (UC), SIP trunking and Cloud-based deployments. The portfolio includes its flagship Unified Exchange (UX) product line, which enables public and private network operators to simplify their network by converging legacy PBX voice traffic onto a single converged data network. NET's Unified Exchange Series qualifies as a Survivable Branch Appliance (SBA) and Enterprise Session Border Controller (E-SBC) for Microsoft Lync.



As a result of the acquisition, Sonus expects incremental revenue of approximately $15 million to $20 million in the second half of fiscal 2012, with the amount recognized dependent upon the timing of the completion of the acquisition.



Sonus said the acquisition is consistent with its strategy to extend its capabilities into the enterprise market. The combination of Sonus’ SBC portfolio and NET’s network appliance portfolio is anticipated to provide enterprises with a seamless mediation platform that extends from the core to the edge of their network. In particular, the companies together address the growing demand for SBCs that enable SIP trunking and SIP-based UC applications. http://www.sonusnet.com http://www.net.comNetwork Equipment Technologies (N.E.T)

Sand9 Raises for $23 Million for MEMS Resonators

Sand 9, a start-up based in Cambridge, Mass., raised a total of $23 million in its Series C financing for its MEMS precision timing products for wireless and wired applications.



Sand 9's MEMS timing-device platform achieves stringent phase noise and short-term stability requirements for wireless and wired applications.



The new funding round was led by Intel Capital with significant participation from Vulcan Capital. Intel Capital and Vulcan Capital join existing investors Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, General Catalyst Partners, Khosla Ventures and CSR. Sand 9 will use funds to ramp volume production as they go to market and to rapidly expand their product portfolio.


http://www.sand9.com

Juniper Launches New Jersey OpenLab for SDN

Juniper Networks announced "OpenLab, The Junos Center for Innovation" -- a new facility whose mission is to drive and facilitate network-integrated applications centered around software-defined networking (SDN). The lab is located in Bridgewater, New Jersey, which puts it in proximity to service providers such as AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and several global enterprises like NYSE Euronext, Bloomberg, and others. The OpenLab offers nearly 7,000 square feet of collaboration, lab, rack and conference space, as well as access to application development tools, networking and product expertise. http://www.juniper.net

Freescale Outlines Layerscape Architecture for SDN

Freescale Semiconductor outlined a new software-aware Layerscape system architecture for its third-generation QorIQ portfolio of processors. The new Layerscape architecture aims for greater software programmability and scalability required by network infrastructure to handle the profusion of connected devices, massive datasets, more stringent security needs, real-time service provisioning and increasingly unpredictable network traffic patterns. The goal is to enable real-time, "soft" control over the network. The company plans support for open-standard software programming models and key industry initiatives including software-defined networks (SDNs).



Freescale plans to make the Layerscape architecture the foundation of a broad array of forthcoming QorIQ multicore processors, from many-core data path devices delivering up to 100 Gbps of performance to highly integrated, cost- and energy-efficient products operating at less than 3W, leveraging Power Architecture and ARM technologies as appropriate.



Freescale's Layerscape architecture modularizes packet acceleration and forwarding operations from high-level routing decisions; streamlines interaction between the layers; leverages a synchronous run-to-completion model; and supports a consistent programming framework across the architecture using standard C/C++ languages.



The modular Layerscape architecture consists of three independent, scalable layers:



General-Purpose Processing Layer (GPPL) – Delivers general-purpose compute performance. This layer is optimized for virtualized cloud services and control plane applications.



Accelerated Packet Processing Layer (APPL) – Performs autonomous packet processing and enables customers to program value-added capabilities in a sequential, synchronous, run-to-completion model that abstracts the hardware microarchitecture and gives customers an embedded, C-based programming model.



Express Packet I/O Layer (EPIL) – Facilitates true, deterministic wire-rate performance between network interfaces (up to 100G), supporting switching capabilities for L2 and above.



The first two QorIQ product families based on the Layerscape architecture are the LS-1 and LS-2, which will leverage dual ARM Cortex processor cores, virtualization support, advanced security, an array of advanced interconnects, a common ISA and software- and pin-compatibility for simple and smooth application migration between the two families. The LS-1 family features two ARM Cortex-A7 cores running at up to 1.2 GHz. The LS-2 family features two ARM Cortex-A15 cores running at up to 1.5 GHz and under 5W total power. Targeted applications for the LS-1 and LS-2 families include residential gateways, enterprise access points, smart energy systems, industrial communications, line cards and robotics.



Initial samples of the first products based on the Layerscape architecture are expected in mid-2013.



“To address the need for more intelligent, dynamic networks, Freescale has taken our QorIQ platform a significant step further with the new software-aware Layerscape architecture,�? said Tom Deitrich, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Networking & Multimedia Solutions Group. “Unlike our competitors, we’ve made software awareness an integral part of our new architecture instead of an afterthought. With innovations including core-agnostic compatibility, independent, highly efficient packet processing and real-time visualization capability, we’re accelerating the network’s IQ.�?



http://www.freescale.com

Procera Adds V.P. of Asia Pacific Sales and Services

Procera Networks announced that Patrick Duncan has joined the company as Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales and Services. Duncan previously served at CloudShield Technologies as General Manager of APAC Sales, where he built a regional business from zero presence to establishing customers, partners and revenue in Australia, Korea, Japan, India and Singapore. http://www.proceranetworks.com

ZTE Tallies $13.7 billion in U.S. Purchases So Far

Since entering the U.S. market in 2007, ZTE's supply chain purchases in the U.S. have totaled more than $13.7 billion, according to Lixin Cheng, President of North America Region of ZTE Corporation. The company expects it purchases to grow at a 10% rate. ZTE currently operates 10 offices around the country, including five R&D locations and a logistics center. It also has more than 400 employees across North America.



Earlier this year, ZTE announced its intention to source application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) from Qualcomm and Broadcom, two long-time U.S. suppliers, with the total amount reaching $5 billion.



“From opening research and development centers to working with a wide range of wireless companies to develop new products, ZTE is committed to expanding the U.S. market through continuous investments. Put simply, we believe Chinese investment in the U.S. is beneficial for businesses in both countries,�? said Lixin Cheng, President of North America Region of ZTE Corporation and CEO of ZTE. “At ZTE, our mission is to help people around the world connect with one another in meaningful and affordable ways. We are proud to provide high-quality, high-performance and reasonably priced mobile products to help bring people closer together.�?http://www.zte.com.cn

ZTE Shows Single-Chip LTE Smartphone

ZTE Corporation unveiled its first single-chip LTE smartphone, the Grand X LTE (T82), at this week's CommunicAsia2012 in Singapore.



The Grand X LTE (T82) will be available in Asia Pacific and Europe in third quarter 2012.



The smartphone phone uses the latest MSM8960 chip from Qualcomm, which is based on advanced 0.28nm technology. It is Wi-Fi capable, uses Android 4.0, and features a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and an 8 mega-pixel main camera that supports 1080p HD video shooting and playback. The front camera supports 720p HD video calls. The phone has a maximum download rate of 100 Mbps, and a 1900mAh large-capacity battery.



“We are the first company to use the single-chip solution in a handset,�? said Mr. He Shiyou, Executive Vice President, and Head of the Terminal Handset Division, ZTE. “The Grand series products are our high-end flagship offerings this year. ZTE aims to enhance its profile in the high-end market with the Grand series of smart terminals.�?http://www.zte.com.cn

Boingo Adds 75,000 Hotspots in Korea with SK Tel

Boingo Wireless signed a network access agreement with SK Telecom giving its customers access to more than 75,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in airports, hotels, convention centers, restaurants and office locations across Korea. Boingo's roaming partners, including Wi2, BT Openzone and Orange France, can also extend network access to their customers, providing seamless roaming options for international travelers.



Boingo's aggregated network now extends to over 500,000 hotspots worldwide.
http://www.boingo.com

See also